A GEORGE III ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY PEMBROKE TABLE
england , circa 1780
An exceptional George III rosewood and marquetry inlaid Pembroke table, in the manner of Mayhew & Ince, the oval twin-flap tulipwood cross-banded, quarter veneered top centred by an inlaid flower within a larger oval fan patera and a harewood banding inlaid with anthemia, surrounded by ribbon-tied husks, the frieze drawer inlaid with a flowerhead patera and swags of husks, on square tapering legs headed by blind fluted capitals, on brass cappings and castors.
Of superb quality throughout.
With Hotspur Ltd., Belgravia, London
Private Collection, USA
Height: 28 in (71 cm) Width: 37³/₈ in (95 cm) Depth: 27¹/₂ in (70 cm)
Oval Pembroke tables with a central patera and husk decoration were a type popularised by the designs of George Hepplewhite in the concluding two decades of the 18th century (cf. Hepplewhite and Co., The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide, 3rd ed., 1794, pl. 59 and 62).
Two tables with virtually identical inlaid decoration were sold: Sotheby’s New Bond Street, 10 April 1972, lot 64 (from the collection of the Countess of Dysart) and 24 April 1998, lot 101 (illustrated on the cover of the catalogue). A further comparable table was with Norman Adams and illustrated in The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair Handbook, 12 – 21 June 1997, pp. 90 – 91.